Install Workstation Pro on a Windows Host

You run the Windows setup program and installation wizard to install Workstation Pro on a Windows host system.

Remote connections and virtual machine sharing are enabled by default when you install Workstation Pro. With remote connections, you can connect to remote hosts and run remote virtual machines. With virtual machine sharing, you can create virtual machines that other instances of Workstation Pro can access remotely.


  • Verify that the host system meets the host system requirements. See Host System Requirements for Workstation Pro.

  • Verify that you have administrative privileges on the host system.

  • Verify that no incompatible VMware products are installed on the host system. See Installing Workstation Pro with Other VMware Products.

  • Obtain the Workstation Pro software and license key. See Obtaining the Workstation Pro Software and License Key.

  • If you plan to use the Integrated Virtual Debugger for Eclipse, install it on the host system. See Installing the Integrated Virtual Debuggers for Eclipse.


  1. Log in to the Windows host system as the Administrator user or as a user who is a member of the local Administrators group.

    If you log in to a domain, the domain account must also be a local administrator.

  2. Double-click the VMware-workstation-xxxx-xxxxxxx.exe file, where xxxx-xxxxxxx is the version and build numbers.
  3. Follow the prompts to finish the installation.

    Depending on your configuration, you might need to restart the host system to finish the installation.


After Workstation Pro is installed, the VMware Workstation Server service starts on the host system. The VMware Workstation Server service starts whenever you restart the host system.

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